Saturday, August 31, 2013

Make Chalkboard Market Bags

I think (and hope) that we all take reusable shopping bags with us to the grocery store/market these days. We have a set of mismatched totes that we've gotten here or there...not the prettiest, but they do the job. 
One of my biggest pet-peeves at the checkout line is when foods/products from different departments get mixed in the bag. I like to keep my meats separate from my vegetables, etc. Here's a fun way to make unique market bags that will keep things clean and organized for the trip home!

You will need:
-Plain tote bags
-Black acrylic paint/paintbrush
-Permanent white marker pen (medium tip)

(Insert newspaper or cardboard into the bag to avoid paint seepage). Spread a thin layer of black paint over the front panel of the bag and allow to fully dry.
Lightly pencil in your word fonts and designs. I did this free-hand, but you could use stencils or a transfer if you are not feeling sure. I looked at these blackboard typography examples to help guide me.
Take your white paint pen and carefully go over your pencil lines, adding shading and extra strokes where desired.
Complete the rest of the set, let dry, and shop away!!

I was so excited with the way that my bags turned out. I think it's great to visually love everything that we use on a regular basis, and why shouldn't your shopping bags be really cool!!

*To clean, use mild soap and water and hand-wash. Do not launder or scrub. Lay flat or hang upside down to dry.

Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful start to the holiday weekend! 
We're off to the orchard today for a "season kick-off" celebration!! (perhaps I'll bring my new bags for orchard goodies;)



  1. I LOVE this idea! Oh my gosh! It's so simple, but really cute and great for the environment.

    The Rambling Fangirl

    1. Thanks Christina! It really was so simple..I cant wait to make a few more!! ;)

  2. These remind me of the chalkboards they used to have at country stores.
    Cool shopping bags will most certainly make a dreary job just a little more fun!

    1. Yes! You are right! I have always loved those and the artistic talent that went into them..

  3. Sarah! These came out great! I absolutely love them. I'm pinning to try later:)


  4. Great idea!! loved it! i'm definitely going to give it a try! Thanks!!



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